New Electronics Landfill Ban Now In Effect

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act landfill ban for certain electronic devices took effect. Electronic items such as televisions, monitors, computers and printers are some of the most common items that are no longer allowed in the regular trash.

Be aware that if you put these items out by the curb on garbage pick-up days, you will find them still sitting there at the end of the day. If you try to conceal them inside the waste container the recycle police will come and arrest you, plus charge you with a hefty fine. You will recognize them by the outfits they are wearing which are similar to those in the GhostBusters movie. There are many local locations where you can drop off these items in your area. I have listed two of them below for residents in the Round Lake Area.

STOP! Important message BEFORE you dispose of your electronics

Before you dispose of any device that you may have saved your account numbers, passwords, email addresses, etc. on, be sure that they are totally removed. Obviously the best way is to remove any memory card (cell phones) or the hard drive in computers and laptops and smash them with a hammer before disposal. If you can still turn on the computer there is FREE software that will clean and rewrite code on the entire hard drive to prevent anyone from retrieving your information. a FREE product is Eraser and this is what it says on their site:

Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.

Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility


Village of Round Lake Beach (Public Works Facility)
911 Lotus Drive
Third Thursday of every other month (February 16)
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Village of Round Lake (Public Works Facility)
751 W. Townline Road
Second Tuesday of every other month (January 10)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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